Location of Photo:
Mayhill, NM, USA (taken remotely from La Jolla, CA, USA)
Date/Time of photo:
April 6, 2021, at 11:30 PM MST
iTelescope.net 11 inch RASA F2 telescope and color imaging system. Processing with Pixinsight software.
The Leo Triplet, or the M66 Group, is a group of interacting spiral galaxies located in the constellation Leo, the Lion. The group consists of the galaxies Messier 65, Messier 66 and NGC 3628, and lies approximately 35 million light years from Earth. Their galactic disks are tilted at different angles when seen from Earth. NGC 3628 appears edge-on (and is sometimes called the "Hamburger Galaxy"), while M65 and M66 are inclined enough to reveal their spiral nature.